Amir Abi-Faraj

Amir Abi-Faraj of Los Angeles, California will be serving in Campus Ministry and teaching Theology at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School in North Philadelphia. Amir is a 2019 graduate of La Salle University. As an undergraduate Amir majored in Religion and Theology and earned minors in Art History and Philosophy.  While attending La Salle Amir was a Dean’s List students, sat on the Presidential and Student Affairs Advisory Council, served as a resident assistant, participated in the Peer Ministry Club, and led several retreats. Amir has gained experience in the field of education as a part-time Religious Studies teacher at  his alma mater, Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, through the Christian Brothers Summer Service Program.


Cassandra Benavides

Cassandra Benavides of Meridian, Idaho will be teaching 2nd or 3rd grade at Visitation BVM School in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Cassandra is a 2018 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University and comes to ACESJU after a year of service in Honduras with Bilingual Education for Central America. As an undergraduate Cassandra majored in Psychology and Spanish. During her college years Cassandra worked in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support as a Kinney SCHOLAR, sat as president of the Spanish Club, and volunteered as an ESL teacher at the Welcome Center.   


Christopher Cantanno

Christopher Cantanno of Massapequa, New York will be teaching English and supporting students in the Brisson Center at Father Judge High School for Boys in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Christopher is a 2019 graduate of LeMoyne College. As an undergraduate Christopher majored in English and Teaching English as a Second Language Education. Christopher earned minors in Film Studies and Spanish. During his years at LeMoyne Christopher worked with the Student Success Center as an orientation leader, peer mentor, and writing tutor. Christopher also supported the work of the LeMoyne Admissions Office by giving campus tours and meeting with prospective students.  Christopher gained experience in the field of education through student teaching, and his service as a volunteer teacher with Literacy Nassau. Christopher is an Eagle Scout.


Meghan Doyle

Meghan Doyle of Oreland, Pennsylvania will be teaching in the Brisson Center at Father Judge High School for Boys in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Meghan is a 2019 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Meghan majored in Elementary Education and Special Education. During her years at Saint Joseph’s Meghan worked in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support as a Kinney SCHOLAR, sat as Chair of Risk Management for Alpha Phi Omega, and volunteered as an Orientation Leader, Weekly Service Leader and Appalachian Experience Leader. Meghan has gained experience in education through her fieldwork at Gesu School, Radnor Elementary School, Yale School, Greenwoods Chart School, and Camelot KAPS.  


James Elliott

James Elliott is a native of Lansdowne, PA and will be serving as a social studies teacher at Little Flower High School for Girls in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Jim is a 2018 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University where he majored in history, was a member of the History Honors Society and the editor of the Hayes History Journal.  While at SJU he worked as a Supplemental Instructor assisting professors in the college classroom and as a student tutor in the Office of Student Success. Over the last year Jim has been teaching as a long-term substitute in two high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia discerning his call as a Catholic school educator.  Jim’s commitment to students with differing abilities is seen in his past participation in the Hand in Hand Festival at Saint Joseph’s and in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k Run to serve disabled veterans and honor victims of September 11, 2001.  


Bridget Feeney

Bridget Feeney of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania will be teaching 3rd grade at St Francis de Sales School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bridget is a 2018 graduate of the Catholic University of America. As an undergraduate Bridget majored in Elementary Education and minored in Theology.  During her years at Catholic Bridget volunteered with DC Reads as a tutor, participated in a mission trip to Jamaica, and conducted research on instructional practices in a K-8 setting. Bridget has gained experience in education through her fieldwork at Our Lady of Peace School, Yu Ying Public Charter School, Blessed Sacrament School, and her work as a substitute teacher. Bridget was recognized on the Dean’s list each semester of her undergraduate career , is a member of the Pi Lamda Theta Education honor society, and received both the Medal of Fortitude, and Dean’s Award for Personal and Academic Achievement from the Catholic University of America. 


Bridget Flemming

Bridget Flemming of West Chester, Pennsylvania will be serving as a resource teacher at St. Helena-Incarnation School in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. Bridget is a 2019 graduate of Immaculata University where she was a regular on Immaculata University’s Dean’s list.  As an undergraduate Bridget majored in Elementary Education and Special Education and minored in Theological Studies. While attending Immaculata Bridget sat as Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society of Education, moderated after-school day care at Villa Maria Academy, and taught English to underprivileged students through a mission trip to Peru. Bridget has gained experience in education through her fieldwork at Saints Simon and Jude, Collegium Charter School, Oxford Area High School, and St. Christopher’s.  


 

Molly-Kate Garner

Molly-Kate Garner of Jackson, Tennessee will be teaching middle school English & Religion at St. Gabriel’s School in the Gray’s Ferry neighborhood of Philadelphia. Molly-Kate is a 2016 graduate of Montreat College where she was salutatorian of her class.  As an undergraduate Molly-Kate majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minored in Art. While attending Montreat Molly-Kate served as a student representative for the academic affairs committee, worked as an Assistant Resident Director, moderated a conference on Christianity and literature, and volunteered as a writing scholar. Molly-Kate has gained experience in education through her work as a tutor and as a middle school teacher with Nature’s Classroom.


Kristen Herrmann

Kristen Herrmann of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania will be teaching kindergarten at the Gesu School in North Philadelphia. Kristen is a 2019 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Kristen majored in Elementary Education and Special Education.  During her years on Hawk Hill Kristen worked in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support as a Kinney SCHOLAR, directed the Philadelphia Service Immersion Program, served as a leader for the Appalachian Experience, and sat as treasurer for the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. Kristen has gained experience in education through her fieldwork at Chestnutwold Elementary School, Cook Wissahickon Elementary School, and Gesu School. Kristen is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society and was a regular on the Dean’s list while attending Saint Joseph’s University. 


Lauren Kudlick

Lauren Kudlick of Cary North Carolina will be teaching 7th grade Math, Science and Religion at Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Lauren is a 2018 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate Lauren majored in Human Development and Family Studies and minored in Linguistics and Music. During her years on Chapel Hill Lauren taught as a Catechist, served as a student minister for service and justice through the Newman Center, played tenor sax in the Marching Tar Heels band, and captained her section of the band as a senior. Lauren has gained experience in education through her work as an educational intern at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, math tutor, and clarinet teacher. Lauren was recognized on the Dean’s list each semester of her undergraduate career.   


Jennifer Luceri

Jennifer Luceri of New Brunswick, New Jersey will be serving as a teacher at Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Jennifer is a 2019 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Jennifer majored in Elementary and Special Education. During her years on Hawk Hill Jennifer worked in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support as a Kinney SCHOLAR, volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and studied abroad in Greece. Jennifer has gained experience in education through her fieldwork at Camelot KAPS, Lewis C. Cassidy, and Gesu School. Jennifer was a regular on the Dean’s list while attending Saint Joseph’s University.


Hannah Marks

Hannah Marks of Louisville, Kentucky will be teaching English and ESOL, and serving in admissions and advancement at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia. Hannah is a 2018 graduate of the University of South Carolina and comes to ACESJU after a year of service as a Franciscan Volunteer. As an undergraduate Hannah majored in Psychology and minored in both Sociology and Women and Gender Studies.  During her college years Hannah worked with the Student Success Center as a peer consultant, volunteered with the Women’s Well Being Initiative Art Intervention Program, participated in the Social justice Ally, Advocate, Activist Program, and supported Catholic Charities of Louisville’s efforts to resettle and educate refugees. Hannah has gained experience in education through her work as a teaching assistant and ESL instructor. Hannah was a regular on the Dean’s List at the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.


Catherine Negron

Catherine Negron of Ridgewood, New Jersey will be teaching 2nd or 3rd grade at Visitation BVM School in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Catherine is a 2019 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Catherine majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in Linguistics. During her years at Saint Joseph’s Catherine participated in the Philadelphia Service Immersion Program, served as a resident assistant, and volunteered as a tutor with the CLYDE Youth Resource Center. Catherine has gained experience in education through her fieldwork at Discovery Charter School, Gesu School, and Ridgewood School District. Catherine is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, and Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society.  


Timothy O'Shea

Timothy O’Shea of Mullica Hill, New Jersey will be teaching Spanish at Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Timothy is a 2019 graduate of Seton Hall University. As an undergraduate Timothy majored in Finance and minored in International Business and Spanish.  While attending Seton Hall Tim worked as a student ambassador/tour guide, volunteered at Saint John’s Soup Kitchen, and led a mission trip to El Salvador. Tim was also a member of Seton Hall’s rugby club, and Saint Paul’s Outreach program reaching out to engage young adults in the Catholic faith.  


John Paris

John Paris of Collegeville, Pennsylvania will be serving in the role of Coordinator of Service Programs and Spanish teacher at the Gesu School in North Philadelphia. Jack is a 2019 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate John majored in Managing Human Capital and minored in Spanish. During his years at Saint Joseph’s Jack worked in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support as a Kinney SCHOLAR, served as coordinator for the Appalachian Experience, participated in an immersion trip to Peru, volunteered with Collegiate Challenge, and led several retreats. John is a member of the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.  


Connor Quealy

Connor Quealy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will be serving with Guadalupe Family Services in Camden, New Jersey offering drug and violence prevention programs in Holy Name School and assist in administering Guadalupe’s CASA after school program for high school students. Connor is a 2019 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Connor majored in International Business. During his time on Hawk Hill Connor was a member of the Student Senate, participated in weekly service, served as treasurer of Active Minds, Co-chaired Relay for Life, and was Vice President of the International Business Society.  


Jessica Rogers

Jessica Rogers of Sparta, New Jersey will be teaching Pre-K and Fine Arts at DePaul Catholic School in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Jessica is a 2019 graduate of Providence College. As an undergraduate Jessica majored in Studio Art and Psychology. While attending Providence Jessica founded Knit and Crochet for a Cause, was president of the Art Club, worked as the Student Gallery Director for the college gallery, and was a volunteer designer for the department of Marking and Communications. Jessica has gained experience in education through her work as an adult literacy teacher. Jessica was a regular on the Dean’s list at Providence College and in a member of the Psi Chi international psychology honor society.  


Danielle Saranchak

Danielle Saranchak of Pennsauken, New Jersey will be teaching Mathematics and supporting students in the Brisson Center at Father Judge High School for Boys in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Danielle is a 2019 graduate of the University of Scranton. As an undergraduate Danielle double majored in Mathematics and Philosophy and earned a minor in English. During her years at Scranton Danielle worked as the Co-director of Royal Ambassadors, served as Vice President of the Mathematics Club, volunteered with Big Friends Little Friends, and participated in several retreats. Danielle gained experience in the field of education through work as a teaching assistant and tutor. Danielle was a regular on the Dean’s list while attending the University of Scranton.   


Sarah Stearn

Sarah Stearn of Voorhees, New Jersey will be teaching 5th grade at Saint Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral School in Camden, New Jersey. Sarah is a 2019 graduate of the Catholic University of America. As an undergraduate Sarah majored in Elementary Education and minored in Mathematics and Theology. During her college years Sarah served as a student minister, volunteered as a math and literacy tutor, and conducted research on instructional techniques in mathematics.  Sarah has gained experience in education through fieldwork and her student teaching experience. Sarah was a member of the Honors Program at the Catholic University of America and was a regular on the Dean’s list.  


Julia Steiner

Julia Steiner of Houston Texas will be teaching 3rd grade at Holy Name School in Camden, New Jersey. Julia is a 2019 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Julia majored in Elementary Education and minored in French. During her years at Saint Joseph’s  Julia worked in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support as a Kinney SCHOLAR and participated in the Appalachian Experience immersion trip. Julia has gained experience in Education through her fieldwork at the French International School of Philadelphia, Joseph Catherine Elementary School, Samuel Gompers Elementary School, and Mariana Bracetti Academy. Julia enjoys learning about French culture and has a great passion for photography.


Genevieve Streich

Genevieve ‘Jenna’ Streich of Aurora, Illinois will be teaching Science at Mercy Career and Technical High School in North Philadelphia. Jenna is a 2019 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. As an undergraduate Jenna majored in Theology and Pre-Health Studies and minored in Peace Studies. During her years in South Bend Jena worked as a research assistant in the department of Chemistry, coordinated Camp Kesem, volunteered with Bandlink, played clarinet in the University of Notre Dame Band of the Fighting Irish, and captained her section of the band as a senior. Jenna has gained experience in education through her service as a catechist, and internships with both Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School and the Artane School of Music in Dublin, Ireland. Jenna is a graduate of the Anchor Leadership Program.  


Charlotte Tully

Charlotte Tully of Chatham, New Jersey will be teaching 1st grade at St. Martin de Porres School in North Philadelphia. Charlotte is a 2019 graduate of Providence College. As an undergraduate Charlotte majored in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Psychology. During her college years Charlotte worked as head counselor and teacher at International Ivy Summer Enrichment, served as a research assistant for Kid Think, volunteered through FriarServe, participated in an immersion trip to Jamaica, and was a member of the Education Club. Charlotte has gained experience in education through her fieldwork at Thomas Willett Elementary School, Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School, and Joseph W. Martin Elementary School. Charlotte is a member of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha literacy honor society, and Kappa Delta Pi Education honor society.


Matthew Weaver

Matthew Weaver of Flemington, New Jersey will be teaching Mathematics at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Matthew is a 2019 graduate of Rutgers University. As an undergraduate Matthew majored in Physics. While attending Rutgers Matthew was active in the Catholic Students Association, worked as a lifeguard, and volunteered with Saint Paul’s Outreach to engage young adults in their Catholic faith.